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Lost and found: half sibling edition

I found out that I have a half brother five years ago. I got curious, then thanks to the internet, I was able to locate him a year ago. We (mom included) have been in touch, and he wants to be a part of our family, which I love as I am an only child raised by a single mom. The catch: He has problems with addiction, the law, and being employed. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Jul 3, 2014 - 32 answers

Write should I write in a letter to a prisoner?

My best friend is in jail, and he going to be in jail for a very long (10 to 25 years) time. I'm thinking about writing my first letter to him. What do I say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2014 - 19 answers

How to locate someone who is in jail in Toronto?

My tenant has not been home for 2.5 weeks and when I called the police on Friday to report him missing I was informed he is currently in police custody, awaiting trial. Since my tenant owes me over four months' rent (soon to be five), and I've discovered that his apartment is a disgusting, filthy mess, this is the last straw. I need to talk to him right away to find out whether he'll agree to let me into his apartment to pack up his stuff, clean, paint and repair the apartment and find a new tenant for March 1st, or whether he wants to drag this out and force me to evict him. I don't know where he is being held or what the charges are, or whether/when he's being allowed visitors. How can I find this out? I'm in Toronto and presumably my tenant is being held somewhere in Toronto or at least in Ontario.
posted by orange swan on Jan 19, 2014 - 20 answers

Consequences for skipping jury service in US District Court?

I have been called as a potential juror in a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, 200 miles and four hours south. I'm on the very far north edge of a federal court zone. For two weeks I have to call at 7pm and be ready to appear in L.A. at 11am the next day. This is my second notice. I filled out a questionnaire for the first, and now it appears that my request for an excuse has been denied. I am a responsible person - I've appeared many times for local jury duty - but I'm also practical. Arranging travel to L.A. on less than eight hours AND being on call to do so for two weeks is a huge disruption in my life. What are the consequences if I just ignore this?
posted by letitrain on Jul 27, 2013 - 26 answers

Don't want to send my kid sister to jail...

My sister told me about some pretty disturbing and illegal things that she is doing. She clearly needs some kind of help or intervention, but I have no idea how to go about doing that without putting her in jail. I feel totally lost and conflicted. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 44 answers

Line Up In An Orderly Fashion, and Don't Make a Break For It

Do prisons hold fire drills? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Did this bad New York State apple rot in prison?

How do I get information about a turn-of-the-century criminal? He was my great-grandfather. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2013 - 6 answers

So, your child is in jail, eh? How's that working for you?

Guide me through calling the parents of a friend who is in jail. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Sequential Art for the Slammer

I need recommendations for comic strip collections, graphic novels, and manga that can be purchased from Amazon, don't contain drug/sex/gang content, and can enjoyed by someone in their twenties. This is very much a follow up to this question. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Sep 18, 2012 - 30 answers

Postcards for the Pokey

My little brother is currently in jail, and will likely be staying there or in a similar facility for quite a while. He is only allowed to receive postcards, and softcover books mailed from Amazon or B&N. If either of these items violate the byzantine regulations (details contained within), they will not reach him. What are some creative things that are basically just pieces of paper (no paint, stickers, double layers, etc) I can send as postcards? What are some books that won’t be taken away for sex, drug, gang, etc content you’d recommend for a 23 year old male who never really read for pleasure, recently earned his GED, and likes Hunter S. Thompson? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 28, 2012 - 100 answers

BREAKING: Simon Adebisi Wears Physics Defying Hat!

How realistic is the portrayal of the media's coverage of the prison on Oz? (No spoilers in the question, potential for some in the answers.) [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Policy Solutions for DC Prisoners?

I'm doing a research and policy project on DC prisoners. I'm looking for information and personal stories on what the situation is like for DC prisoners serving time in the federal system. I'm also interested in information on conditions in the former DC Prison at Lorton. I'd like to compare conditions before and after the closure of Lorton and make some recommendations for how to improve outcomes for DC inmates, both during their sentences and after release. [more inside]
posted by Amy Phillips on May 19, 2012 - 4 answers

What time is turn down service and lights out in jail?

What would spending a week or two in the Atlanta City Detention Center be like? [more inside]
posted by crocodiletsunami on Apr 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Do you surrender your right to privacy when you contact someone in jail?

Do you surrender your right to privacy when you contact someone in jail? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Mar 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Being supportive at home and from a distance

My sweet boyfriend's dearest friend has been diagnosed with Hodgikn's Lymphoma. Last time we saw him he was complaining about a lump in this throat, and saying they didn't know what it was but not to worry, he was probably just getting over an infection. Typical blase doctors, oh yeah forgot to mention, he is five years into a ten year prison sentence for some youthful foolishness. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jan 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Stare down the emotional pit or look elsewhere?

How do you deal with difficult family situations without imploding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Is there hope for my brother?

Mentally ill brother is getting worse...and worse...and worse. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Up the river without a guide

What services exist to counsel a person headed to prison? Jail? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds on Jan 9, 2011 - 8 answers

he guy got jail time. Again, should we be worried about revenge when he gets out? Are we watching too many movies?

Follow-up to this question. The guy got jail time. Again, should we be worried about revenge when he gets out? Are we watching too many movies? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Jan 5, 2011 - 32 answers

Behind the Bars?

There was a website I saw within the last few months (I believe on MeFi) that hosted stories from people in prison in a blog format. I was foolish enough to not bookmark it, and now I cannot find it again. I keep thinking it was called Behind the Bars or something like that, but all of my searches are ending in vain. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Thanks
posted by daboo on Dec 17, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I find out what happened to a friend who was arrested for something terrible?

I just found out my friend got arrested two months ago for flying into the US with (allegedly) child pornography on his laptop. Nobody's heard from him since. How do I find out what's happening without getting dragged into it? [more inside]
posted by jgt246 on Jul 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Lindsay Lohan Sentencing

In hearing about the Lindsay Lohan sentencing today, I am curious as to what the rationale is to do the jail time first before rehab, rather than vice versa? Is this how it is commonly done?
posted by josher71 on Jul 6, 2010 - 20 answers

Youth incarceration rates

How many juveniles were incarcerated in 2009?
posted by dtpollitt on Apr 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Boyfriend violated probation.

Boyfriend violated probation and no unlawful contact order, what's next? [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 on Mar 17, 2010 - 26 answers

Bail Bondsmen

What should I know about using a bail bondsman? [more inside]
posted by Jandasmo on Mar 3, 2010 - 12 answers

Los Angeles County Men's Jail

I have to go to Los Angeles County Men's Jail for 96 hours. What is the likelihood that I would have to serve the whole sentenced time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Jail question

I'm looking for first-hand experience or information with regard to the LA county jail system. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2009 - 2 answers

family law question re: NJ

What happens when a baby is born in jail in New Jersey? What departments/agencies are automatically involved? We are looking to get legal guardianship of a sister's soon-to-be-born child while she is in jail and need to know what agencies we should be dealing with beforehand.
posted by infostud on Sep 29, 2009 - 8 answers

Costuming for the Overly Ethical?

Prison party fashion...without the prison? [more inside]
posted by tejolote on Sep 29, 2009 - 24 answers

How do I send books or magazines to someone in jail?

How do I send books or magazines to someone in jail? [more inside]
posted by electroboy on Apr 22, 2009 - 6 answers

How to get rid of a new roommate who, it turns out, has a rap sheet?

Just signed a 5 month lease with 4 roommates found on Craigslist, then found out one guy has a criminal record a mile long! How should I begin to deal with this so things don't get physically dangerous, or legally murky? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Apr 16, 2009 - 23 answers

Prison-themed presents

Help me think of prison-themed presents for a Down by Law screening party. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Feb 23, 2009 - 15 answers

How are pre-op transsexuals divided in short-term holding areas after incarceration?

Where are pre-op transsexuals placed in short-term holding tanks when they are arrested? The men's area, or the women's? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Feb 2, 2009 - 10 answers

Algebra-filter: when will I get out of jail? (good time credit forumla)

Algebra-filter: help me create a formula to calculate "good time credits" for California jails: ([{actual days in jail/4} - any remainder] x 2) + actual days in jail = number of days sentenced to jail Solve for "actual" Show your work [more inside]
posted by unclezeb on Oct 31, 2008 - 18 answers

Dude's going to the clink for 5 days. What to expect?

What can someone expect when they go to jail for five days for a DUI? [more inside]
posted by nomad73 on Oct 28, 2008 - 10 answers

Who needs to know I went to jail?

Who needs to know that I was in jail tonight? [more inside]
posted by AloneOssifer on Oct 6, 2008 - 18 answers

Therapist with patient in jail?

Any therapists out there? What would you say/do if a patient called you from jail claiming they were innocent? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Sep 21, 2008 - 11 answers

Missed Community Service

How can I best help a friend get out of jail? He accidentally missed his community service gig. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Aug 26, 2008 - 11 answers

On the Mundane Aspects of Imprisonment

When one goes to jail for a long time, how are the mundane aspects of one's previous life handled? What happens to the pets? If there's a mortgage and no one to assume responsibilities, is the house sold for the prisoner? Who pays the cable bill? Do you have to pay to cut your cell phone plan short of the contractual ending date? Who returns the library books?
posted by sleslie on Jul 26, 2008 - 12 answers

Warden threw a party in the county jail!

Any idea where to find a black-and-white horizontally-striped t-shirts reminiscent of old style prison outfits--like what Elvis had in Jailhouse Rock? I've found whole costumes (jumpers, etc.) but I just need t-shirts.
posted by sourwookie on Jun 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Might wanna watch your speed in Wyoming, partner...

So...what's with jail terms for speeding tickets in Wyoming? [more inside]
posted by konolia on Jun 8, 2008 - 20 answers

What happens if you go to jail with braces on your teeth?

What happens if you go to jail with braces on your teeth? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Mar 16, 2008 - 6 answers

I don't want to be the new fish!!

My Drivers License is expired. So are my car's tags. A lot. How do I renew both without getting arrested on the spot? [more inside]
posted by brain cloud on Feb 24, 2008 - 26 answers

Getting jail time in california?

What would a person have to do in order to get a one year jail sentence in the California penal system. [more inside]
posted by SECONDHANDSMOTE on Feb 15, 2008 - 18 answers

A Novel Method of Escape

Has anyone ever escaped from jail or prison using this novel method, either in fiction or in real life? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Jan 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Why the drop in incarceration for public order crimes?

According to these pages on the U.S. Bureau of Justice site, imprisonment for public order offenses suddenly fell by a third in 2002. Why?
posted by painquale on Jan 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Got an electrical outlet?

I have heard that prisoners will use a trick involving sticking a bit of metal in electrical outlets to get a spark in a rather Macgyver-esque process of lighting a cigarette. Is this more urban legend than reality. [more inside]
posted by gbinal on Dec 26, 2007 - 14 answers

What makes for good jail reading?

What books should I buy for someone in jail? [more inside]
posted by suki on Nov 4, 2007 - 35 answers

i'm going to jail (for 2 hours).

what fun, performance-related activities would you teach in a high-security prison? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on Oct 22, 2007 - 12 answers

Please don't let this become Brokedown Palace

My fiance just got arrested in Malawi for an expired visa, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by i less than three nsima on Oct 17, 2007 - 11 answers

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